Where there’s smoke, there tends to be fire.
That may — or may not — be with the case with Andre Anthony.
The four-star LSU commit made a last-minute decision to take an official visit to Memphis over the weekend, which Anthony said provided him with some clarity as National Signing Day rapidly approaches.
“It has given me clarity and helped me realize where I want to be for the next three or four years of my life playing college football,” Anthony told SEC Country on Sunday.
Where that leaves LSU exactly remains a bit unclear.
Anthony remains committed to LSU and simply was examining all of his other options before signing his letter of intent on Wednesday.
However, the visit left the 6-foot-3, 214-pound defensive end with a lasting impression of the Memphis football program.
“All I will say is that there is a process to everything, and this recruiting is a process,” Anthony explained. “As a recruit, you have to enjoy the process.
“I heard a lot about (Memphis) and wanted to see what all the hype was about,” he added. “I know coach Dave Johnson, who has been recruiting me since he was at (Arizona State) and I wanted to see what those guys had to offer with the new coaching staff. It was a great and beautiful school. I came in with a set expectation, and they definitely exceeded that expectation. From the coaching staff to the players to the school, it was definitely more than what I expected it to be. They have a great coaching staff, great players and an ever greater school.”
Anthony, who is rated as the nation’s No. 15 weakside defensive end, would not directly address how the official visit impacted his recruitment.
The New Orleans native has only taken one other official visit — to LSU — and afterwards told SEC Country his commitment was strengthened after positive meetings with defensive coordinator Dave Aranda and defensive line coach Ed Orgeron.
The tight-lipped Anthony took a politically correct approach while addressing his decision leading up to Signing Day, as well as his relationship with LSU.
“All I will say is that it was a great visit and it impressed me a lot and the opportunities,” Anthony said when asked about the state of his recruitment after the official visit.
“I can’t say too much right now,” he added, “but I will always have a great relationship and feel for LSU.”
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